Rahab was a prostitute (Joshua 2-6). She was a prostitute of the Canaanite city of Jericho, who found favour with God. She is also in the lineage from which Jesus was born!
Many writers have tried to prove that Rahab was different from the ‘harlot’ described in the Bible. Perhaps it is a hard pill to swallow – A prostitute in the genealogy of Jesus. But we cannot distort her story, in order to stomach the reality that salvation is not based on human goodness. Jesus not only came to save the sinners, but he also was born from sinners! Rahab was a sinful woman, who was saved by God and used by God!
Joshua sent two spies into the land they wanted to conquer. Rahab in her wisdom and trust in God, hosted these spies, protected and covered them, eventually allowing the spies to feed back information that caused the city to be taken for good. Rahab and her family were spared because of her act of faith toward the spies.
Despite her past, Rahab’s ultimate conclusion was, ‘For the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below’ (Joshua 2:11). It was this change of heart, this faith – coupled with the actions prompted by faith – that saved her and her family.
Paul esteems Rahab for her faith, “By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she received the spies with peace” (Hebrews 11:31).
When we come to Christ, our past no longer matters. Rahab was a radical woman. She did what it took to protect her family, and facilitate the will of God.
Perhaps God is not after a perfectly behaved people, but people who are determined to stand for Him and facilitate His will no matter what! Rahab wasn’t passive. She didn’t just stand still and let things happen to her, she was proactive and attentive. She trusted God, but actioned her faith too.
Rahab proved that an ordinary person is part of God’s plan. Yes, she was a woman, yes, she was a prostitute, yes, she was considered to be ‘on the wrong side of tracks’ and was socially excluded, but God used her to help His people.
Maybe you can relate to Rahab. You feel like the outcast – the unfit Christian. The less-than-holy person. Or maybe you know a Rahab. Don’t exclude yourself from God’s plans for your life. There is favour for your family, and generations to follow. God is not after a squeaky-clean past, He is after sold-out followers, who are prepared to action their faith.
A daily devotion for a better way of living.